Friday, December 04, 2020

About Us

Hi!! Welcome to My Workbasket!!

My Workbasket started years ago as a craft blog but with time has morphed in a web store for a fun variety of items!

If you read us as a blog then you’ll love us as a store!  We have handmade items, vintage and antiques, and more! 

Just click SHOP above to shop, or read below for more about us and how our shop works!

Alicia from My Workbasket

10 Facts About Me

  1. Born in 1983, probably should have been ’63
  2. True lover of the 70’s color avocado green
  3. Cannot pass a mirror without making funny faces and before recording any video does a take with weird faces and odd movies lines.
  4. Does not care about “beauty” at all, doesn’t even own mascara or a lipgloss
  5. Loves tacos and sushi
  6. Possibly a little TO Goofy and thinks humor is the answer to everything
  7. Loves cast iron cookware and wooden spoons
  8. Known to frequent various thrift stores, in multiple states, and even on vacation. 
  9. Loves Books. Quite likely will die in an avalanche of antique and vintage books and magazines
  10. Truly loves to see other people happy, and to inspire them to be comfortable in their own skin

Shop Policies

Shipping & Handling- We charge a flat rate $4 for small light items (like earrings) and a flat rate $8 for larger items (like ponchos/shawls). Vintage and Antique Items will be priced for shipping as needed, but utilizing those flat rates when possible. Shipping and handling will be added at checkout based on the heaviest item you have. So if you have a poncho and some earrings, and a key chain it’s going to be a flat $8. This applies to US Shipping ONLY. If you are outside of the USA, please contact me before purchase to arrange shipping. Orders over $50 ship free!

Inventory- Most items are one of a kind, so if you love it, snag it! Items with a variety in stock are almost always shipped assorted. Meaning we pick a color from our stash. If you’re ordering other items we’ll base it on those if possible to give you a color you like. If you order multiple we’ll assort and ship as many colors as possible. If something you love is gone, or you’d like more than one of something contact us and we can discuss if the item can be custom made. 

Personal Information & Spam-   We DO NOT automatically add you to our shop updates emails or use your private information in any way unrelated to your purchase. I only use what I need to ship you packages and notify you of shipment. That’s it. If you want to receive emails then please subscribe using the box on the right. We’ll send emails only periodically when something big is happening or when I remember too! Payment should be made through Paypal, who does not send me any of your personal financial information. You can read our full privacy policy here. 

Friday LIVE Lunch Time Shows-  We have LIVE Shows on our Facebook Page EVERY Friday at NOON. Sometimes it is a show where you can ask questions and see inventory in more detail and sometimes it is a sale where you purchase while watching. Every show will say how to purchase. Be sure to like and follow our Facebook Page to join in and watch! Some specifics for LIVE Sales: All items unpaid after 48 hours will be considered unsold and be relisted. Customers with previous unpaid items will not be able to purchase from future live shows. You can pre-register for live shows but filling out THIS Form.  We use that information to invoice and ship. Pre-Registration is OPTIONAL, it just makes it easier to pop in real quick if there is something you know you want. 

If You’re Looking for Something from When this was a Blog-   This isn’t really a shop policy, but I didn’t know where else to put it. All the blog posts from before are still around, you’ll just need to use the search in the upper right and track down what you’re looking for. I have not deleted any of those posts. If you’re looking for any of my free patterns, they’re still available, very easily, by clicking “Free Patterns” in the very top menu bar.  

About My Workbasket

I am a crafty person, I have been my whole life. I have been a poor broke crafter in the middle of nowhere, nothing but a Walmart 15 minutes away. I have been a middle-class crafter in the suburbs with multiple craft stores within 3 miles. I grew up around crafty people.  I love to make things, but mostly I craft because I have to. I truly get downright dingy and awful feeling if I don’t. I’ve been crafting since probably diapers. I change crafts a lot because I get bored and  have some pretty bad ADHD that seems to especially affect crafting. I know how to make a wide variety of things, so wide that it may leave you wondering if all of these items in the shop are really made by one person. (They’re not always, but they could be!) 

A huge pet peeve of mine is the the fair wage that crafters deserve and rarely get. All of our shop prices are based on paying an actual livable wage of at least $10 an hour to all of our artisans. People tend to care about fair trade with products made in other countries, but are willing to pay an American Artisan mere pennies an hour. I work with friends and family that live in areas where they can’t make a fair wage at craft shows locally, and I toss their products in with my own for sales. I then pay them for their work and supplies, and only keep enough to cover expenses. They make what they want, when they want, send them to me, and I list it at prices that actually pay them for their time and skill. 

I really care about encouraging people to make things, and then getting a good, fair wage if they decide to sell those things. So I  want to encourage you to make things and buy handmade. This shop is a work in progress so bear with me as I find my way! I’m excited for this new venture!

If you’d like to contact me then I’d like to hear from you! 

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